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Gathering So Love Will Win

KSAL Staff - June 14, 2016 6:27 am

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About 100 people gathered in Salina Monday evening to remember and honor the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando.

Early Sunday morning 49 people were killed and more than 50 others were wounded by a shooter in a gay night club in Orlando, Florida. The gunman was eventually killed in a shootout with police.

The North Central Chapter of Equality Kansas hosted a candlelight vigil to honor and memorialize the victims of the night club shooting. The vigil was held at Robert Caldwell Plaza.

The somber event included music, and words.

Clinton Walker, chairman of the North Central Chapter of Equality Kansas, was among those who spoke. He spoke about the events in Florida. “I think we have all experienced hate, but I think in the end love will win.”

Those at the event gathered in a large circle. As the names of those 49 people killed in the tragedy were read, a ribbon was hung in their honor. Ribbons were also hung for the the 53 people injured in the tragedy.

Walker concluded “I hope that it’s a long time, if ever, that we gather for this purpose again.”

As dusk was falling, the vigil concluded with everyone in attendance holding a lighted candle and singing.

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Doug Clemens

June 14, 2016 at 8:22 am

This is a new era and gays will have a target on their backs as the belief of Muslims is that gays be terminated. Wonder how many of the 50 killed were not out at 2 am but home in bed would be alive today. The more anyone puts themselves out there in harms way at 2am has to accept what could happen to them whether it be something like this or something else that could occur at that time.

Valerie Linenberger

June 14, 2016 at 12:20 pm

That is the most ignorant comment I have ever read. Apparently, freedom means nothing to you.

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